Wednesday, March 11, 2015: The Fall of the Arab Spring and the Rise of ISIS

The Fall of the Arab Spring and the Rise of ISIS

Mr. Brent Shapiro and Mr. Mahir Zeynalov will discuss the effects of the Arab Spring and the resulting rise of the self-styled Islamic State. 

The Islamic State is being beaten back in Iraq, President Assad is gaining power in Syria, Egypt is under military control again, Kurdish villages in Turkey have been wiped out, and Libya is in a state of leaderless chaos. How did we get to this point? What were the causes of the Arab Spring and why did it end? How is the building influence of ISIS reflective of tribal warfare on a transcontinental scale?

Mahir Zeynalov is a Turkish journalist based in Washington D.C. Zeynalov started as a journalist at the Los Angeles Times, and is also a columnist with Al-Arabiya and writes for the Huffington Post. Foreign Policy twice selected him among "100 People to Follow" on foreign policy in the world while The New York Times recognized Zeynalov for reporting on corruption despite government intimidation and prosecution. Zeynalov is a regular commentator on the world’s leading news outlets, including ABC, BBC and The Guardian and is published in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.

Brent Shapiro is an independent consultant and lecturer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1985 to 1991 Shapiro was a U.S. Army Infantry officer in the Reconnaissance Unit. He was an operations manager at the international logistics companies Hashin Air Cargo and Sinotrans from 1992 to 2001. Shapiro now consults public and private U.S. institutions regarding the Middle East and U.S. security concerns.

 Date and Location

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
Fleur de Lys Room
7730 Bonhomme Ave, Clayton, MO 63105


6:00 - 7:00 PM:
Registration and Reception
Cash Bar
Complimentary Soda &
Heavy Hors D'oeuvres

7:00 - 8:30 PM:
Speakers' Remarks followed by Q&A

 Registration Info

Cost: $35.00 per person

Contact: 314-727-9988 or email Robert Fischer at